Deny Folder Access to Protect PDF Downloadables

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  • #39925

    PDonaldson
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    Hi,

    I’m using the Education theme and would like to protect my downloads folder. I have PDF downloads that I’m putting behind registration forms using Unbounce. I need to insure that any files in that directory cannot be accessed.

    What’s the best plugin to achieve that?

    Thanks!

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    #39981

    Bill Murray
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    Are you sure those are registration forms? Unbounce has tools for you to collect contact info, but that’s not a registration form at least as that term is used in a WP context.

    If you want to protect content, you’ll need a real registration form, and visitors will have to meet your registration requirements to get access to the content. Examples of plugins that do this are Premise and S2. That might be more work than a typical visitor to an Unbounce landing page will put up with, so you may find your conversions dropping to very low levels.

    You might want to consider putting a link to the PDF in your auto-response email. If you want to close the door a little more, you could put the content on Amazon S3, and use an expiring link; of course, that runs the risk that a legitimate contact can’t get access to content when they need/want it, producing an angry potential customer.

    Short of requiring an Unbounce visitor to register on your WP site and using a content protection plugin, there’s no way to make the content available on Unbounce but protected from someone opening the PDF via its URL.


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    #39990

    PDonaldson
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    So, the content protection plugin would have to work with one of the WP registration form plugins?

    What’s the suggested content protection plugin?

    Thanks.

    #40015

    Bill Murray
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    To clarify, is Unbounce registering users on your site (ie, they show up in your WP dashboard as users) or is Unbounce collecting data in a form similar to a subscription form? As far as I know, it’s the latter, so the users aren’t registered on your WP site.

    Examples of content protection plugins are Premise and S2. There are many others. You might also be able to use a plugin like Easy Digital Downloads for this.

    The problem that you’ll run into is that any effort to perfectly secure the PDF will make it harder for visitors to your Unbounce page to get it. If you make it too hard, you’re hurting the effectiveness of your landing page.


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